Rescue Me

TV review by Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Complex, mature show isn't meant for younger viewers.

FX Drama 2004

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Appropriate for older teens or adults

Parents should know that the firefighters in this show are very human and the situations they face are ones that can affect everyone. Although the are unflinching in their word choices and their dependence on alcohol and drugs and sex they are a team who are devoted to each other. They tend to have very frank discussions regarding their sex lifes and frequent arguements erupt between the characters. They all seem to suffer from PTSD as a result of 9/11. Tommy, the main character, seems to have the most issues and several times over the series he is faced with an unimaginable tragedy. He relies on alcohol throughout most of it and very rarely deals with his issues and showing emotion. There are many adult themes that the show deals with including, but not limited to suicide, alcholism, drug addictions, depression, adultery, divorce, murder etc. These things along with the characters reactions to their personal issues, especially 9/11, can be discussed with kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Great show, not for kids

Despite the inappropriate content for most kids, the show has probably the best storyline of any modern TV show I have seen. Dennis Leary did a fantastic job portraying a firefighter with a troubled life.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 21, 2004
  • Network: FX
  • Genre: Drama
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: July 1, 2022

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